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Boris Becker - Play To Win: How I Reached the Wimbledon Hall of Fame


Six-Time Grand Slam Champion

Boris Becker is a German former World #1 professional tennis player. Boris one the first of his six major singles titles aged just 17. His Grand Slam singles titles included three Wimbledons, two Australian Opens and one US Open. He also won five year-end championships, 13 Masters Series titles and an Olympic gold medal in doubles. In 1989 Boris was voted the Player of the Year by both the ATP and the ITF.

At times Boris Becker struggled with his early success and fame, and his personal life has been turbulent. Since his playing career ended, Boris has been involved numerous ventures, including coaching Novak Djokovic for three years.

I was starstruck when I found out Boris Becker would be coming to London Real.

I watched him at Wimbledon as a kid, and have followed his career ever since.

The former world No.1 tennis player, Olympic Gold Medalist, coach, and Wimbledon commentator, Boris has had an epic career.

At 17, he became the youngest male Wimbledon champion in history, and over his 16-year career, he won 16 Grand Slam titles.

I love his energy and his spirit, he keeps it real and I know you’re going to love my time with Boris Becker.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka
  • Coaching Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev
  • Growing up in West Germany and Brexit
  • His childhood and winning at such a young age
  • The history and future of tennis
  • Playing John McEnroe and Pete Sampras
  • His children, fame and dealing with the media


00:00 | Trailer
02:25 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode
03:22 | Brian’s introduction
04:01 | Boris enjoys remembering his early successful tennis achievements
05:33 | Why Boris now lives in London
09:16 | Boris’ early life in Germany
12:09 | He suggests it was easier for the young to go for their dreams then, than it is now with the internet
15:33 | What the 13-15 years old Boris was like and how he made it to Wimbledon so young
19:00 | The fascination of tennis for him
20:17 | How the game of tennis developed with it’s strange scoring and rules
23:17 | Boris enjoys playing for the audience
25:11 | The mental game within tennis
27:33 | Unbelievable numbers watched Boris win Wimbledon aged 17, the youngest ever player
29:28 | Pressure only affects people who find they are not prepared
32:07 | The following year he was not predicted to win
34:35 | Why Wimbledon is so special to him and for all tennis fans
38:35 | Defending his title again, aged nineteen
42:01 | The young infamous John McEnroe and his tennis ability
46:04 | The epic match against John McEnroe in the Davis Cup
48:17 | Enemies on court, but now good friends
49:40 | Did his success come too early for him personally
51:00 | Boris’ answer to criticism of his partying lifestyle
52:36 | When Boris gave Pete Sampras the keys to his living room
56:38 | Who Boris thinks was the best player ever
57:48 | Memories of Andre Agassi
1:00:06 | Rivalry between opponents which made good matches to watch, is missing a little in today’s game
1:00:49 | Whilst in other sports rivalry is increasing, tennis players seem to be friends with their opponents
1:05:05 | Conor McGregor needs to win another fight
1:06:31 | How Boris came to coach Novak Djokovic
1:12:32 | Boris’ four children are his greatest joy
1:14:52 | Dealing with the media when the scandals around him are in the news
1:18:15 | Boris in the commentary box
1:21:01 | Boris’ advice to young people about alcohol and drugs
1:22:47 | Boris’ thoughts on the Williams’ sisters
1:24:53 | Tennis has a chance to stay one of the top five sports in the world
1:25:43 | The future for the rules governing tennis
1:27:02 | Boris’ daily routine
1:28:18 | Does Boris still play tennis
1:30:00 | What is his super-power
1:30:46 | The worst and last days of his life
1:32:13 | What scares him
1:32:52 | What we may find strange to learn about Boris Becker
1:35:56 | What keeps him awake at night
1:39:12 | Phone call to the 20 years old Boris
1:40:00 | Success secrets
1:40:46 | Advice to the young person listening
1:41:53 | Brian’s summing up.


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